The North Otago Under-17 cricket team finished in second place at the Otago District tournament held at St Kevin’s College over Labour Weekend.
North Otago took on favourites Dunedin Metropolitan, who chose to bat first, in their opening tie.
Joel Meade dominated his side’s innings, top scoring with 109 from 54 balls, notching three fours and 13 sixes.
Meade was well supported by Taine Bayly, who ended up with 49, and Jarryd Taig, who made 25 from 42 balls. Dunedin declared their innings closed with the score at 279 for 8 of 50 overs.
North Otago got off to a poor start, losing three wickets early on but skipper Ollie McLelland and Nathan Smith looked to have the innings back on track, moving the score to 53-3 before the loss of Smith’s wicket for 13.
North Otago’s batsmen put up some strong partnerships but not the catalyst required to challenge the imposing total, finishing up all out for 144, 135 short of Dunedin’s total and forced to follow on.
Southland were up next on Sunday and decided to bat first, struggling throughout their innings. A tail-ender again provided the runs, with Kohyn Taylor giving his bowlers something to defend, top scoring with 85. For North Otago, Kurt Johnston was in fine form (3-42) while Nathan Smith (2-21), Ollie McLelland (2-28) and Brady Kingan (2-48) took two wickets each. Southland were all out for 198 in the 52nd over.
North Otago got off to a fine start through Dallas Mahuika and Elliot Love. Love was caught off the bowling Watson for 84 with the team on 163. Mahuika followed 7 runs later for 78 as North Otago batted on past the Southland total.
The final day saw North Otago take on an injury-troubled Otago Country and the chance to claim second place in the tournament. Country won the toss and elected to field, which proved a good decision as their opposition limped to 82-7. An impressive eighth wicket partnership between Kurt Johnston and Josh Hayward then brought their team into contention, putting on 84 runs, moving the total to 168 before Hayward was out leg before wicket for 46. Johnston (40) followed 15 runs later, and the final wicket to fall saw North Otago all out for 183.
Otago Country never really looked like threatening the opposing total, losing wickets consistently throughout their innings, finishing at 107, 76 runs short of first innings points.
The Borton Cup will return this weekend following the Labour Weekend lay-off.
Eastern will host Valley in Waikouaiti, looking to bounce back from their narrow one run defeat at the hands of holders Albion last week.
Oamaru will take on Waitaki Boys’ High School whilst St Kevin’s entertain Albion.
Union have a bye week.
By James Ford